New EU-funded ‘VET for the Future’ project to modernise vocational education in Azerbaijan

18-02-2021
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

The European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Education and the State Agency on Vocational Education have launched a new project worth €5.6 million to modernise vocational education in Azerbaijan.

This four-year project, funded by the EU under its ‘Education for Employment’ Programme and implemented by UNDP, will support the State Agency on Vocational Education in modernising VET institutions to deliver training tailored to the current needs of the labour market.

"Vocational education is of great importance for the future of the economy and for establishing the right links between the labour market, education provision and the economy,” said Education Minister Emin Amrullayev at the online opening event.

Our new programme on VET is a substantive investment into the human capital of Azerbaijan. What really matters are people: their education, creativity, skills, motivation and well-being,” said the EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kestutis Jankauskas. “We want young people in Azerbaijan and their parents to start seeing Vocational Education and Training in Azerbaijan not as a last resort, but as an opportunity which would provide them with skills for life, a good job in the future and a dignified living.

The project will focus on the introduction of innovation and digitalisation, green and future skills integration, modernisation of equipment and infrastructure for seven selected VET centres across the country, and networking and capacity building of VET providers. With this new project, over 3,000 people across the country will directly benefit from the modernisation of VET institutions.

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